Wow. Now that was a Super Bowl! We were on the right side of the spread, as New England covered. But boy did they ever work for it. In the end it was experience that prevailed. But a few things surprised us along the way. Here are my top 5 Super Bowl LI facts of the big game.
5 Super Bowl LI Facts
The Atlanta pressure
Coach Quinn’s calling card is speed on defense, and for 3 quarters the Falcons D really brought it. I don’t think any would have predicted that Tom Brady would have been under such duress. Five sacks was shocking to me.
No Matt Ryan turnovers
How do you blow a lead without costly turnovers? Matt Ryan didn’t throw one interception, and yet his team walked away without a title. Amazing. You don’t often see that. I thought for sure that the Pats’ big play DBs would pick him off at least once.
No end zone for Jones
Julio Jones had a decent game. But he failed to reach 100 yards receiving. More importantly, he didn’t get into the end zone. Sure, his team still scored four touchdowns, but you would have thought that Julio would have had at least one end zone celebration.
James White the hero
Aside from Brady, James White was the most dangerous and effective player in the game. Going in, I thought that Dion Lewis would be THE MAN. but Belichick and McDaniels had other ideas. White made an incredible 14 catches.
Finally! We had our first ever overtime championship game. It’s funny, people are saying it was an incredible game. But really, it was a tremendous quarter and a half of football. I’m not complaining, I’m just here to point out the facts.
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Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.